Double Wing Cut Crease SNEAK PEAK

A tutorial for this fun and summery look will be up this week!

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Sultry Smokey Eye Tutorial (pictures)

Hi everyone! I wanted to do something different since the last couple tutorials have been very similar. Today I am doing a very sultry and simple smokey eye! Hope you enjoy! ūüôā

 

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As most of my tutorials start, I’m going to moisturize and put on some lip balm and prime my skin. My skin is very dry, so I really slather on First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. My lips are equally as dry so I really love Aquaphor Lip Repair lip balm. It’s one of the most hydrating ones I own. Since my face is pretty red today for whatever reason, I’m using the Maybelline Master Prime in the green color for redness control.

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I then used my TooFaced Shadow Insurance all over the lid and on the bottom lash line to help prime this area with my concealer to really make it stick and help it last longer. This is something new I’ve been trying, but I haven’t really noticed a huge difference.

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For foundation and concealer today I’m using the Maybelline Age Rewind foundation and my Revlon concealer. I blended it all out with my black damp Beauty Blender sponge. This foundation is great coverage and isn’t heavy at all, which is something I really love. I don’t like to have a heavy, drying foundation on so this really is a great option for those who want medium to full coverage and a thin formula.

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I decided to give this powder another go, and I’m so disappointed I did. NYX as a brand is one I love. They have great products for affordable prices, as everyone knows. But this powder is not something I like personally. It’s too powdery and leaves my face looking drier than the desert. But, I used my Beauty Blender to apply the powder around my eyes, chin, and jawline. I then used my favorite large powder brush from Tarte to blend the powder around my face except for the jawline.

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For the majority of the eyeshadow for this look I’m going to use the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette by Younique. First, I used Elated, a skin tone shade on myself. If you’re any darker than I am it would be an off white shade on you. But, for me it’s just skin tone since I’m so pale. Anyway, I used Elated from the lash line to the brow bone as one last layer of coverage to help get rid of all the veins showing on the lids and to also help any shadows I put on top blend easier. Then I used Chipper with a really fluffy brush in the crease. This is just my transition shade. This helps the dark shadows on the lid later blend better into the brow bone. It also helps the finished eye look more blended and put together.¬†Studio Session-176.jpgStudio Session-177.jpgStudio Session-178.jpg

Then I used a dark brown shade called Forthright and used it all over the lid first using a pencil brush then blending it into the crease with a fluffy angled brush. This involves a lot of layering and blending until it’s at the opacity I want.

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I used my Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner in black along the lash line, tight line and waterline to darken the eye.

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Then going into my Gwen Stefani palette (still on sale for $25!), I took the color Blackout and used it on my lash line and outer corner of the eye. This added more intensity to the look and helped make it darker and have more dimension. A smokey eye can look flat if you don’t layer different dark shades. If you would just go straight in with a black shadow only, it won’t look blended, it’ll look flat, and it won’t look as good as it could.

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I then mixed Anaheim, Stark, and Zone in the crease to help further blend the shadows. This helps the eye look more like it’s not flat, as I said.¬†Studio Session-189.jpgStudio Session-186.jpgStudio Session-190.jpg

On the lower lash line, I went in with Punk and my pencil brush and blended it out. I didn’t picture it here, but I also used a mix of Chipper and Forthright from the Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette by Younique on the same brush.¬†Studio Session-191.jpgStudio Session-192.jpg

I then used my Anastasia DipBrow to fill my brows in. Then I used Anger, a white color, from the Pulp Fiction palette underneath the brow to highlight. Studio Session-193.jpgStudio Session-195.jpg

Of course, I used my favorite mascara TooFaced Better Than Sex. I decided to keep it simple and not use falsies, but you definitely could if you wanted. They would really add a lot more drama to the look.

I have a few samples of blushes and bronzer and some lipsticks from Younique, so the rest of the look is pretty much only used with Younique products.

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For bronzer, I used this sample of Beachfront Bronzer by Younique in the color Malibu on the cheeks and around the forehead. Then I used the Moodstruck Minerals Pressed Blush by Younique in the color Seductive on the back of the cheeks.

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I used my Coty Airspun Luminous Translucent powder as my highlight on my cheekbones, nose, upper lip, chin, under the arch of the brow, and inner corner of the eye.

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I then used the Stiff Upper Lip lip stain by Younique in the color Sultry. It was much more pigmented than I had anticipated, and while it looked good with the look, I did want a more nude color. So, I used the Shine Make Up Remover Cloths by Younique to take the color off.

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My lips were still stained, but I liked the way it looked. So, I used a baby pink gloss on top. This is the Lucrative Lipgloss by Younique in the color Loveable.

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As I mentioned earlier, this NYX powder really left my face feeling too powdery, so I used my Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water to set the make up and soak up any excess powder and really help my skin look dewier. Studio Session-214.jpgStudio Session-223.jpg

And that is the finished look! It’s a wearable sultry smokey eye than can be worn during the day and darkened for the night. I haven’t worn a smokey eye in forever, so this look really made me miss the look.

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*disclaimer: As you probably noticed, this look had a lot of Younique products. I was asked to become part of the team to sell the make up, and today I got in my box of samples and products. I’ll have a full review up of the products used and a few others in tomorrows post. I will always be 100% honest about how I feel about the products and won’t be too pushy to get you to buy, BUT I do ask if you’re interested in buying any products from the line that I showed in this tutorial or that I review tomorrow to please use the link I provide to purchase the products. It will take you to my store, so you will be buying the products from me! Thank you ūüôā

Pretty, Bright & “Natural” Make Up (pictures)

Hey guys! I’m back with another photo tutorial for a “natural” looking make up look today. Since I got so much good feedback on my last tutorial, I’ve decided to start aiming this blog towards beauty. If you’re interested in this look, keep reading!

 

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I started with a clean, bare face. Before starting I used my Clarisonic to exfoliate and get all the dry skin off. Then I used a hydrating face mask to help my dry skin. Studio Session-093.jpg

Since my skin has been super dry since moving inland, I’ve been needing intense hydration for my skin. I’m using the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream on my face and neck and my Aquaphor Lip Repair lip balm. Since this moisturizer is soooo thick, I let it sink into my skin for about 20 minutes. The lip balm stayed on until I was ready to put my lipstick on.¬†Studio Session-095.jpgStudio Session-097.jpgStudio Session-098.jpg

I wanted a really fresh looking face today, so I wanted my skin to look bright, which means I was trying to get rid of the redness. I used the Maybelline Master Prime in the green color to help correct my redness, only putting it where the redness is. It also somewhat made my skin matte. Studio Session-099.jpgStudio Session-100.jpg

To help bring back some dewiness, I liberally used my Becca Cream Highlighter in Pearl on my cheekbones, nose bridge, upper lip and chin. Studio Session-102.jpgStudio Session-104.jpgStudio Session-105.jpg

Today I decided to use the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Pore-less foundation focusing it primarily on the center of my face then using my black Beauty Blender to blend it outwards. Whatever was left over on the back of my hand I used on any areas that needed more attention. Studio Session-108.jpg

With my Revlon concealer I used it in the darkest parts under my eyes, around the nose, and any blemishes on my cheeks, then used the beauty blender to blend it all out. Studio Session-110.jpgStudio Session-111.jpg

I then used my Maybelline Mineral Powder Finishing Veil loose powder around my eyes and on my jawline. I then used my large Tarte brush to sweep away the powder around my eyes.

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Then I used my Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Pomade and #12 angled brush to define my brows. Today, I didn’t want a super defined look, so I just filled in the bald spots and evened the tails out. I wanted them to look fairly natural for this look.

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Moving onto eyes! I’m using my Urban Decay Gwen Setfani palette¬†(on sale for $25 now!). All over the lids with a flat brush, I’m using “Baby”. It’s a pinkish champagne shimmery color. Then I used “Bathwater”, a shimmery yellowish shade, on the inner half of the lid. I mixed “Anaheim” and “Stark”, both light matte browns, with an angled fluffy crease brush and lightly applied them to the crease. Lastly, I used the shade “Blonde” as a brow bone highlight.¬†Studio Session-123.jpg

I tightlined my upper lash line with the Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeliner in black to make y lashes look thicker and help the lash line look more defined.

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I used my favorite mascara, which is drying out :(, on my upper and lower lashes to help my eyes look bigger and more defined.

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I then used my extremely dirty, and pretty old, Coastal Scents Double Stack Palette for the blushes. For this, I mixed a light coral and a bright pink and very lightly applied them to the cheeks.

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I brushed away the jawline bake (powder) with my large Tarte brush. This just highlights that area and sharpens the bronzer or contour shade.

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For the bronzer today, I used my Nars Duo Blush/Bronzer in Laguna. Then I used my Coty Airspun Powder is Luminous Translucent to highlight my face.¬†Studio Session-142.jpgStudio Session-144.jpgStudio Session-148.jpgI tried several lip colors before finally¬†deciding on this. I wanted something light and pretty for the lips to brighten the entire face, but not over power it like a red would. I used a lipliner from L’Oreal in the color “Forever Rose”, I slightly over lined the lips and added lines on the bottom and top lips to help them look bigger and pouty. To fill everything in I used Maybelline Color Jolt in “Never Bare”.

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That’s the finished look! I hope you enjoyed this quick fresh faced look. It’s a prefect look to look awake and polished without looking too over done. Have a great day, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Everyday Make Up Tutorial (pictures)

Hi everyone! I wanted to show you all what I’ve been doing pretty much everyday for my make up. It changes all the time, but lately I’ve been really into this look. Enjoy!

Please excuse my make up free face! Here, I just got out of the shower where I used my Clarisonic ($130) to exfoliate and I used an acne face wash with it.

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Okay, so starting out with a freshly washed face I like to moisturize, as you should no matter if you’re wearing make up or not. I like to use a light daily moisturizer from Aveeno during the day under my make up to help it go on smoother and give my dry skin a plump and hydrated feel and look. Adding a moisturizer helps any cream products you put on top go on without dragging on the skin. This is the Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer ($12).

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After the moisturizer has sunk into the skin, about 5 minutes or so, I move onto primer! Today I’m using an aluminizing primer from L’oreal. It’s the Magic Lumi primer ($12). I’ve heard this is a dupe for Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ($41), I haven’t personally used it so I can’t say it’s a dupe for sure. Anyway! I like to use this primer for days that I want my skin to really “glow from within” even if my natural skin doesn’t have that glow. I can just fake it with this primer ūüôā

 

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With this primer I don’t use it all over the face. I just use it under the eyes, tops of the cheekbones, nose, chin, eyelids, and forehead. I find if it use it on my cheeks or on the sides of my nose it make me look too luminous and shiny.¬†Studio Session-012.jpg

After the primer has set and isn’t “wet” anymore, I move onto concealer. This is the only coverage I’m going to have for this look. I’m using a Revlon concealer ($8). Honestly, it isn’t my favorite, but it was what I had next to me so it’s what I used.

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Since this is the only thing I’m using to get coverage from, I apply it heavily under the eyes in large triangles, chin, cupid’s bow, nose bridge, and the center of the forehead. While blending this out, I also put it on the eyelids and bring any excess onto the cheeks. Also, any blemishes I have I put it on.

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I then use my damp black Beauty Blender to blend all the concealer out on my face. Make sure your Beauty Blender is damp before using it. If it isn’t, it won’t blend things out as smoothly as it can. If you don’t have a Beauty Blender, or simply don’t want to drop $20 on a ¬†make up sponge, there are a million other options out there for you if you still want to use a beauty sponge. Real Techniques beauty sponge is about $8, but you can also get cosmetic wedges at Wal-Mart for even cheaper. No matter what sponge you use, the same rule applies: dampen it before using it.

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After I’ve blended the concealer out, I move on to powder. I recently purchase this powder at Target so this is the first time I’m using it. This is the NYX HD Finishing Powder ($10). So, it’s a white powder that is very “slippy” because of the silica used in the powder. If you are going out where there will be flash photography, avoid using any powder like this because there will be flash back and the powder will be visible.

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I pour some powder out on the lid to pick the product up with my dampened Beauty Blender. It’s just easier to pick up in the lid than in the jar to me. I apply it under my eyes, my chin, upper lip, jaw line, eyelids, and forehead. I avoid the area where you will later put bronzer. And yes, use the same damp sponge you use earlier. No, this won’t cause you to be cake-y. I know that as we were learning make up we were always told to not mix powders and creams, or even introduce any liquid to powders, and while that is usually true, this is an exception to the rule. Using the damp sponge will help apply the loose powder in a way that will help diffuse the product more than a brush will. It packs product on under the eyes, but doesn’t settle in the lines. The dampness from the sponge will help pick up any excess product which is why it doesn’t leave your face cake-y.

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After letting it set for a few minutes, 5-10 minutes, I use a large Tarte brush ($35) to get rid of the excess product and leave the face smooth. Again, avoid using an HD powder if you’re going somewhere there will be flash photography.

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After brushing away the excess powder, I’m moving onto the eyes. Since I used a concealer and powder on my eye lids I’m skipping an eye primer since the concealer and powder act as one. If you pile up too many creams and powders, the eyelids will start to crease and look crape-y. So, if you want to use a primer, avoid using concealer and powder around the eyelids. For the majority of this look I’m using Urban Decay Vice3 Pallet (limited edition, no longer available). I’m going use a light brown in the crease and a burgundy pinkish-red as the liner. You obviously don’t have to use this particular pallet, just any colors that are similar will give you the same look.

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Here I am using a neutral brown shade focusing it in the crease. Don’t bring the brown onto the lid or on the brow bone, leave it focused in the crease only.¬†Studio Session-038.jpg

After applying the brown in the crease, move onto the burgundy-pink-red color. I’m using an angled brush to apply this color in a wing shape on the outer corner of my eyes. I’m only going to bring it in a little less than half way. I like to use a powder first for the wing because it’s more forgiving and it give a much softer and less dramatic look.

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After using the Vice pallet, I’m going to use my Urban Decay Pulp Fiction pallet (limited edition, no longer available) for the matte black shadow. Any matte black color will work. With the same angled brush I’m going to put the black close to the lash line to add a touch more drama to the look.

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I’m going to use a liquid liner from Make Up Forever ($22) on the lash line very thinly to help the lashes stand out more and look thicker at the base. This also helps add some more structure to the look rather than leaving it completely feathery.

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I’m now going to use Urban Decay Sin eyeshadow ($19) on the inner part of the eyelid with a flat shadow brush. Not completely on the inner corner as a highlight, but just as a shimmery “pop” on the inner lid. This shadow is sold as a single, but it’s also in the Naked pallet. But any champagne shimmery shade will work.

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Now, I’m going to tight line my eyes using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25) in black. Any creamy black pencil liner will work. I really love this one because it dries very fast on the water line and doesn’t transfer or run throughout the day. Tight lining the eyes means you put the eyeliner on the upper waterline. It helps your lashes look really thick and full! At first, it might tickle and feel very odd to do, but once you get used to it, it’s just second nature and doesn’t feel strange at all.

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My favorite part! Mascara! I’m using TooFaced Better Than Sex ($23) mascara. This is my favorite mascara ever! This is my fourth tube of it. It really makes my lashes long and full and dramatic without having to use falsies. If you haven’t tried this mascara, I really recommend it! A waterproof version was also recently released.¬†Studio Session-056.jpgStudio Session-057.jpg

Moving on to brows, I’m using the Anastasia of Beverly Hills DipBrow ($18) pomade to fill my brows in. I bought this about a month and a half ago, and I’m so glad I did! It’s one of my new favorite products. Before I bought it, I was very nervous because I didn’t want “drawn on” brows, but there is a way to make your brows look “natural” and not drawn on with this product. After a few trail and errors, I figured out the way I like to fill them in.

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Now Im going to use this NARS blush and bronzer duo ($24) ¬†on my cheeks. First, I’m going to use Laguna bronzer on the “hollow” part of my cheek. This is the part under your cheek bones. If you’re like me, though, and can’t see your cheekbones or the hollows of your face, if you just touch your face near the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth, you should feel the underside of your cheekbone. That is where your contour shade will go. This, however, is a bronzer. It’ll go in the same area, but it’ll be more blended and warmer than a contour shade would be.¬†Studio Session-062.jpgStudio Session-063.jpg

With a kabuki brush, I’m picking up Orgasam blush and using it on the back of the cheeks instead of the apples. Applying blush on the apples of the cheeks will cause your face to appear more round, and for someone like me, I don’t need any help in that department. So, using it in a similar way as your bronzer, it will give your face a much more “slimmed” look.¬†Studio Session-065.jpg

For highlighter today I’m going to use the Coty Airspun powder in Luminous Translucent ($6). This is a HUGE container of highlighter that is inexpensive and a good quality powder. It’s fairly finely milled, so it helps your glow look pretty natural and not powdery. This is definitely one of my favorite powder highlighters. I use it on the tops of the cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, the tip of the nose, the cupid’s bow, under and above the arch of the brow and very lightly on the chin.

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When I was in Sephora a few weeks ago, one of the girls gave me this little booklet of lipstick samples from Urban Decay. Today, I’m going to use a nude pinky shade on the lips. Using a color like this will brighten the face and help it look more awake.

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When I’m completely done with the look I like to spray my face with LUSH Breath of Fresh Air ($10) toner water to help take away any excess cakeiness and powdery-ness. It also gives the skin a nice refreshing dewy glow.¬†IMG_4531-Edit.jpg

 

That is the finished look! It’s really simple and quick to do. It’s not a heavy look for summer, it’s very fresh and awake. It can also be quickly changed to a night look by adding more black to the eyes and a darker lip color as well as touching the cheek products up. It’s been my go-to look for the past few weeks and I have been loving it! I hope you do too.

 

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July 2016 Favorites

This month I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things! Enjoy!

 

Pure&Basic Fresh Fig Body Wash – $7

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This is my favorite scent. It smells like green tea and figs. It’s the perfect balance of sweetness and freshness. It has a light crisp scent and gentle foam that lathers when you use it. It’s been in my favorites since December! It won’t dry your skin out. It’s paraben, sulfate, and gluten free, as well as not tested on animals. I found mine at Sprouts Farmers Market, but many other stores carry this line.

 

LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water – Between $10-$20

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I use this after my facial cleanser and before my moisturizer. I also use it before, during, and after applying make up for a fresh faced, non-cakey look. I’ve tried a few other toner waters from LUSH and this is by far my favorite! I bought this in store, but you can also order it online. The scent isn’t too much, it’s very light and refreshing.

Marc Jacobs Daisy – Between $25-$140

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This is by far my favorite perfume I’ve ever used. It’s one of those basic scents that you’ve probably smelled on many people, but it doesn’t matter if it is basic! It’s my favorite, and it has been for several years. It’s a light sweet, fresh, floral scent that pairs perfectly with the Fresh Fig body wash. ¬†I bought my bottle(s) at Sephora, but can be found in multiple department stores and online.

TooFaced Better Than Sex Mascara – $23

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Better Than Sex Mascara is definitely one of the best ones on the market, in my opinion. This is my fourth tube in fact. It holds a curl, volumes and lengthens the lashes. It’s a very black formula also. And it doesn’t leave back specks on your cheeks throughout the day or smudge! It comes in waterproof also (blue tube). I found mine at Sephora, you can find yours there or at Ulta. Also online.

Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Pomade & #12 Brush – $18 (for both)

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I was always nervous to use a pomade since my brows aren’t thin by any means. I was worried about using it and it causing my brows to look to “drawn on” and “unnatural”. I finally bit the bullet and am so glad that I did! I’ve had it for about two weeks now have used it everyday. It doesn’t cause my brows to look or feel stiff or cakey, it also doesn’t make them look too drawn on. I’ve figured the best way to fill my brows in to look the most “natural”. And it can stay on forever if you want it to. I avoided my brow area for two days when washing my face just to see how long it would last, and it lasted for the two days, it also lasted in the pool. I found mine at Sephora, you can get yours at Ulta or online at either store or on the Anastasia of Beverly Hills website.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Cream in Pearl – $38

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I’m very pale so this is one of my favorite highlighters for days when I’m not using much make up. I highlight my skin to make it look dewy and glowy when I’m using only concealer, powders, brows, and mascara, a “light” day. After I mist my face with the toner water, this highlighter really stands out. It’s the perfect creaminess, so it blends beautifully on the skin. Again, I found mine at Sephora. You can get yours there also! Or online.

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder in Luminous Translucent – $7

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This is my favorite powder highlighter that I’ve only just found within the last week or so. It’s the most finely milled, non-chalky powder for the price that I’ve found. It gives a really natural glow and it’s very build-able without looking cakey. With the pairing of the toner water, it really makes the face look refreshed and dewy. I found mine on Amazon, it can also be found at CVS and other drugstores.

Maybelline Mineral Powder Finishing Veil Translucent – $9

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This is a really great powder for baking the face. It’s also really great on days when only a luminous primer is used to take the shine down in the T-Zone. I’ve used it all month and have found that it’s much easier to use without the sifter. It doesn’t leave you looking or feeling cakey or heavy under the eyes, which is what I really like. I found mine at Walmart, you can find yours there or anywhere else Maybelline is sold. Online also!

Orange Is The New Black

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The new season came out last month. I spent most of the end of last month and the beginning of this month being watching the show. I had watched all of the previous seasons, but as most people do, I wanted to get caught up before the new season. It was by far one of the best ones. If you want to see an overview¬†of the show that I’ve written, check out my article¬†on mytrendingstories.com.

How I Met Your Mother

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One of my favorite sitcoms! This is the second time I’m watching the show. I’ve seen every season but the last. So, this time around I’ll be finishing the show. It’s one of those shows that can make you genuinely laugh, cry some, and really love and relate to the characters, even when they get into crazy situations. I’ve been binge¬†watching this ever since I finished OITNB and I’m so glad I decided to watch it again because it’s made me love it all over again.

 

 

Thanks for checking out my July favorites! I hope this was entertaining for you to read. Come back next month for another monthly favorites post.