16 Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

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Since August (!!!!!) Holiday makeup collections have been out in full force and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. Because I love to shop I thought it’d be fun to share with you a few beauty items I picked up and a few that are on my wishlist (based on reviews from websites and other bloggers). Note: these items are, for the most part, limited edition. Shop early!

In alphabetical order:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette($42.00 // ULTA Beauty). I bought this when it first released and am obsessed with it. You know you’ve heard of it, you know you want it. I also need that Mario palette!
  2. beautyblender® + Too Faced Holiday Kit($40.00 // Sephora). I’m obsessed with this. It’s baby pink AND it has an awesome beautyblender AND one of my favorite TF highlighters AND a blotterazzi that I LOVE. Everyone just go ahead and buy me this for my bday. I’ll wait.
  3. BECCA Blushed With Light Palette($34.00 // Sephora). BECCA blushes are just so pretty and glowy… one of the few brands where I don’t mind my blushes to shimmer a bit because it’s not overkill and doesn’t accent pores.
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Sassy Lassie “Chick Picks” Beauty Bestsellers Kit($39.00 // Sephora). So many new products, so little time. This kit features 4 of the must-have products from the brand, all of which I love!
  5. Bobbi Brown New York Palette($65.00 // Nordstrom). Sure, the colors are something you might already own… but you guys know how I love packaging. Also how much I LOVE New York. There are also kits for Paris and London!
  6. Burberry Beauty Festive Set($115.00 // Nordstrom). Military Red Lipstick is one of my fave reds ever and it’s in this kit. That along with nail polish and a lot of glow make it a NEED.
  7. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Luxury Palette($52.00 // Nordstrom). Excellent shadow quality from this brand PLUS all the gold tones you need to do holiday in one palette.
  8. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set($28.00 // ULTA Beauty). Oh, that’s a mouthful… but Superhero MATTE shades that you can transform into non-matte shades? Great product performance and a fabulous price. Own you some IT.
  9. Jouer Powder Highlighter($24.00 // Nordstrom). Particularly in the shade Rose Quartz. Citrine seems to be the hot seller… but Rose Quartz is where it’s at.
  10. Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set($49.00 // Sephora). Though Lolita 2 is my fave (and not in this set) there are a ton of shades that I’d love to try and the color palette is one I gravitate towards. Except for maybe that purple… but I’d try it 😉
  11. LORAC Mega Pro Palette 3($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). LORAC has always had wonderful shadows and I love their palettes… but Mega Pro 3 is really speaking to me in all the ways.
  12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artistic Lip Ink and Brush Set ($40.00 // Sephora). I love a good red and I love how different the product is. Definitely a good shade for the holidays!
  13. PÜR Cosmetics The Perfect Matte 5 Pc Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick Collection w/ Lip Oil($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Another long product name but you have no idea how long I’ve wanted to try this liquid lipstick. I work fo the brand and can’t get my hands on them! Insanely popular, must have.
  14. Sephora Favorites Trending: Beauty’s Most Coveted($75.00 // Sephora). Fave brands + fave products = gift set win. Give to yourself 😉
  15. Tarte Tartelette Treasures Eye Set ($59.00 // ULTA Beauty). Tartelette in Bloom and Tarteist Mascara are some of my favorite products. I haven’t tried the Double Take Eyeliner but at a $92.00 value for just $59.00 I’ll take my chances.
  16. Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette($35.00 // Sephora). The only lip palette I’ve ever LOVED. It’s a good deal and full of must-have cold weather shades.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?




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Benefit Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette Swatches + Review

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Benefit is known for doing up a palette box o’ blushes and everyone falling in love. I’ve always thought I should buy them but I never actually did so until recently when the brand launched the Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette($58.00 // Sephora).

To start off the decor of the packaging is fantastic and beautiful. Who wouldn’t want a ton of dancing, high-kicking blushes at the front of their palette? Okay, it doesn’t make sense but it’s gorgeous and I love it 😉

The back of the box shows you the five blush shades that you get inside the palette as well as the small brush that’s included (that you always get when you buy a single shade of a Benefit cheek product).

On the inside is a mirror as well as a pamphlet full of tips and tricks.

The five cheek shades included are ALL full sized so it’s quite a deal when you think about each shade being $29.00 each.

You’ll get: 0.32 oz Dallas box o’ powder blush in Dusty Rose, 0.25 oz Dandelion box o’ powder blush in Baby Pink, 0.28 oz CORALista box o’ powder blush in Coal Pink, 0.17 oz Rockateur box o’ powder blush in Rose Gold and 0.28 oz Hoola matte bronzer.

Dallas and Rockateur are already two of my top favorites from Benefit with CORALista being a past love. I was looking to purchase Dandelion and Hoola so it made perfect sense to buy this entire set seeing as how just buying the two shades alone would have already put me at $58.00 – aka the total cost of the palette of FIVE full sized cheek products.

Did you snag Benefit Cheekathon? The palette is limited edition so now or never!!

The Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette retails for $58.00 and is available at Sephora and ULTA Beauty.

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Low Maintenance Makeup Products for High Maintenance People

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Are you high maintenance? It’s okay, on some level we all are. It’s nothing to ever be embarrassed about, but maybe there are instances when you need your beauty routine to still be high maintenance but you don’t want to look like it’s high maintenance. Below are some products that I’ve been using lately to create a psudo-low maintenance look.


Prep with Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue ($28.00 // Sephora). Perfect to spot treat areas that need extra mattifying and to hide pores. It’s got a slight green cast that helps with color correcting also. This product is not technically a makeup primer, so you’ll need something else on top of it if you wish to prime (see below) but you can totally skip the Benefit if you don’t need the extra pore hiding or color correction.

Prime with a multi-duty primer like the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer ($37.00 // Sephora). This tip actually IS low maintenance because it’s going to prime, color correct, hide pores AND mattify. This particular one is for oily skin but there are many options to choose from. Find the one that best suits your skin type and buy!

Layer a medium-to-full coverage mattifying foundation on top of the primer such as NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44.00 // Sephora). It’s mattifying (when you’re as oily as I am, all the mattifying things you can get your hands on is what’s best). The coverage is perfect and it feels/looks light.

Hide extra things like under-eye circles and melasma with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24.00 // ULTA Beauty). It hides the extra BS that won’t go away.

When I’m in major need of coverage I dust on a bit of IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation ($35.00 // ULTA Beauty) which helps cover a smidge more and keep it all in place. Can you tell I need the coverage?!

For extra mattifying I go in later at my oily areas with a bit of invisible setting powder. A loose powder will keep you even more matte but lately I’ve been loving the MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($27.00 // Nordstrom) because it’s quick and easy to tote around in my bag without making a mess. The Zac Posen release is shown below but it’s also available in the regular packaging.


Start by bronzing. Technically this is a face thing but I put most of the product at the cheek area and then work it down the jaw line and at the temples so it’s light and natural. A new product I’m loving is the IT Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact (shown) but it’s not out yet (IDK when, I’ll find out!) so until then check out the IT Cosmetics CC + Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34.00 // ULTA Beauty). Sunshine in a compact is matte, whereas the Ombre is not… so you really could benefit from having both anyway. 😉

Blush is necessary no matter what the makeup look. It’s also important to change up the blush color based on outfit, skintone and even your mood. The new butterLondon BlushClutch ($39.00 // ULTA Beauty) makes that easy, particularly for traveling. In addition to the clutch there are three single shades available in Hibiscus, Violet and Tiger Lily ($15.00 each // ULTA Beauty).

What’s the sun matter if it’s not bouncing off a gorgeous highlight? For my look I used Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold (which also makes for a gorgeous shadow) but I believe it’s not available anymore. For a choice that’s just as golden try NARS Frenzy Dual-Intensity Blush($45.00 // Sephora).


My lids are oily so I always prime them with something that will neutralize the color of the lids like Benefit Air Patrol ($29.00 // Sephora) as well as lock eye looks into place. Generally this is something like MAC Utterly Becoming Pro Longwar Paint Pot. Utterly Becoming isn’t available anymore but MAC Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($22.00 // Nordstrom) is a good replacement.

Your eye look will be fast, but look incredible. The new IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte Luxe Transforming Eye Shadow Palette($28.00 // ULTA Beauty) is perfection for creating a neutral, simple look that you can do fast but have it look like it took much longer than it did. The six shades are matte but the Transforming Hello Light shade can turn them luminous and soft in a snap. Work-safe matte to happy hour glow time.

Below this palette is swatched twice. The first time the shades are matte, the second time I applied the Transforming Hello Light on top.

Finish up by lining the eyes with a dark brown eye pencil. I love Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20.00 // Sephora) because they go on quickly and even when you’re using a neutral shade it makes an impact. For this look I used Stag, which came in a set, but two other faves are Bourbon and Hustle.

For mascara, say it with me, IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24.00 // ULTA Beauty) every time. It’s literally that false lash look without the glue and fake-ness of it all. A time saver, for sure, but still looking like there’s that effort.

In this look I decided to try a new product on my brows – the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Brow ($27.00 // Sephora). It’s got the slanted tip for easy brow application as well as the spoolie brush on the other side. A special feature is a twist off that houses a small, sponge-tipped applicator already primed with highlighter. Keep it in place with a brow gel like Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($22.00 // Sephora).


The world is basically your oyster here. This look is so neutral that anything is wearable. Below I’m wearing COVERGIRL Punch Oh Sugar Lip Balm ($8.99 // ULTA Beauty). Bet ya thought I was going to say Chantecaille 😉

Now you’re ready! In the look below I’m wearing everything that I talked about above!

Are you high maintenance? What are your favorite products for looking low maintenance?




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Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel Swatches + Review

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If you’re oily you know that the search for good mattifying face makeup is never-ending. Lately some new foundations have been popping up that have really made a difference in keeping oil at bay. Now there’s a base for that – Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel ($28.00 // Sephora).

Matte Rescue is said to be “an invisible-finish, mattifying gel that instantly minimizes the appearance of pores”. The gel is water-based and though it squeezes out of the tube a light minty-blue shade it is clear when you apply it to your face.

When I used this gel I found that it went on easily and dried down quickly to a matte finish. My makeup applied nicely over-top and stayed matte a bit longer than normal. My skin usually feels greasy by the end of the day (even 8 hours) and every time I wear this, at that point, the oil isn’t so profound. There is still definitely some shine and oil, but not as much as normal – and my pores do appear to be less noticeable when I have it on. Hey, I’ll take all the help I can get!

I didn’t find that using this with a primer made it work any better or any worse. When I use this daily I use it alone without another primer on top because that extra step just didn’t make any difference for me.

Will it completely mattify you all day long and get rid of the oil creeping through your makeup? No. But it does help, and it helps a lot more than I expected. It’s definitely a new staple in my beauty routine and I’ll keep using it until they do it one better.

What is your favorite way to keep oil and shine to a minimum?

Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel retails for $28.00. Buy it now at Sephora, ULTA Beauty and benefitcosmetics.com.

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The Best Beauty Gift Sets & Palettes of the Sephora VIB Sale

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It’s the most wonderful time of the beauty year!!! Holiday Gift Sets! For this week the bloggers of Makeup Wars are sharing their faves. I love when we do this post because it works as my wishlist for family… it’s so much easier to send them to a website than sit there and try to remember what I liked. PLUS the Sephora VIB sale is going on so hopefully this list will you narrow down your list… or grow it… whatever 😉

Breakups To Makeup Holiday Bag($29.00 // Sephora). Okay… not a gift set. But even though I need more makeup bags like a hole in the head I’m obsessed with all the ones from Breakups to Makeup. The holiday bags are limited edition and yes, I need them both.

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo($19.50 // Sephora). It’s awesome Lolita that everyone loves and also Lolita II! I’ve heard great things about this formula and I’ve been dying to try it. These shades are perfect for the Fall/Winter season so the duo is a must-have for me!

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Opal Glow On The Go($20.00 // Sephora). Since I got Champagne Glow I’ve wanted all things BECCA. I also already bought the Pressed Champagne Glow Palette because not only is that shade in there but so are two more gorgeous shades! Opal Glow On The Go would give me a chance to try out another shade as well as the liquid form of the highlighters. I also want the Ombre Rouge Eye Palette. All the things, k?

Lancôme Noel Eye Set ($38.00 // Sephora). This is a great set to try out some of the best products from Lancôme. It comes with the best selling mascaras and eye-makeup remover and the new Drama Liqui-pencil (reviewed here) which do.not.budge.

Too Faced Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks($36.00 // Sephora). This set is just adorable. Beyond it’s cuteness the product quality of the full sized versions are amazing (all the blushes are swatched and reviewed here).

tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case ($59.00 // Sephora). I actually already bought this… mostly for the sequin case… but I had to share with you. Tarte has excellent quality makeup products and in this case you’re getting 30 eye shadows, 3 cheek products, a double-ended shadow brush and mascara all in that beautiful case. It works out to be less than $2 per product. A steal!

Benefit Real Cheeky Party Holiday Blush Palette($42.00 // Sephora). Packaging wise Benefit hands-down wins Holiday every single year. One of my favorites every time is the blush palette. This year it comes with 5 face products (including my fave Rockateur – reviewed here), Watt’s Up! and They’re Real! Mascara and Liner.

Urban Decay Vice4($60.00 // Sephora). Every year I say the packaging for Vice is my favorite but this year is beyond. They’ll never top the gorgeous holo shattered mirror effect. In Vice4 you’re getting 20 new eyeshadow shades and a double-ended brush as well as a coordinating bag to store it in.

Make Up For Ever 15 Artist Shadow Palette($59.00 // Sephora). These artist shadows are amazing and this palette gives a nice color assortment for you to play around with. There’s also a step-by-step guide included just in case you don’t know where to start.

bling.ring kit by beautyblender($29.00 // Sephora). Who doesn’t want something bejeweled to set their beautyblender on? It certainly looks prettier than just laying it over the case to dry. Definitely prettier on the vanity and a nice stocking stuffer size!

Elsa and Anna Compact Mirror($32.00 // Sephora). I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am with these Disney mirrors that Sephora puts out. Up until the huge release from this year I had them all (see here). However I truly can’t justify buying all of the new ones. If I had to pick one it’d be this Frozen mirror. I think it’s gorgeous and Frozen is one of my favorite Disney movies!

Jem and the Holograms Collection($16.00-$36.00 // Sephora). I’m arguably the biggest Jem fan in the world. Ask my mom. Anyway I need all of these things. IDK when or where I’ll wear so much hot pink but IDGAF. Get in my life.

What are your must-have products this holiday season? Find out what the other bloggers are loving by clicking the icons below!

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Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer Swatches + Review

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Once again, it was the packaging that drew me in. Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer($29.00 // ULTA Beauty) has really awesome packaging. To the point where my hubby even commented on it, which I tweeted, and Benefit responded “hubby goals”. Truth. After all, the cap looks like an airplane wing and we know how boys are with their toys.

But the packaging isn’t why I bought this product. I bought this product because several of my favorite bloggers (who I know always state their honest opinions) said that this primer was amazing. It not only primes the lids for your eyeshadows but it holds them in place all day long (my lids are oily as all get out), hydrates and color-corrects. In addition it holds an SPF of 20 and boasts EnviroDefend complex which protects the delicate eyelid area from sun, smoke, and pollutants.

To apply Air Patrol it says to twist the base once and enough product for your eye will come out of the CushionCalm™ tip. You’re to massage onto the eye using that tip to evenly blend. Allow it to set and apply eyeshadow normally.

I apply Air Patrol by twisting the base once and using my finger to share the released primer on both of my eyelids. I use my finger to gently massage the product onto the eyelid. This completely defeats the purpose of the CushionCalm™ tip but, for me, one twist is just way too much product for one eyelid. By sharing the one twist worth of product I can coat both of my eyelids from lash to brow.

As you can see in the swatch below (which is one twist worth of product) there is quite a bit of product and it spreads out easily (I purposely didn’t blend it completely so you could see how much product there is in one twist).

I would recommend using your fingers to apply this product if you’re setting eyeshadow or other makeup on top of it, but use the CushionCalm™ tip to apply if you’re wearing it alone.

What is your favorite eyelid primer?

Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer retails for $29.00 and can be purchased at Sephora, ULTA Beauty and BenefitCosmetics.com .

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Top 10 Waterproof Makeup Products

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Ahhhh water… so refreshing, so necessary… so easily the worst enemy of your FOTD. In this edition of Top 10 Tuesday I’m sharing my favorite waterproof makeup products – the stuff I choose when I need my FOTD to wear through it all – rain, sleet, snow, a good cry fest, chick flicks… what have you.

  1. Pür Minerals Double Ego Dual Ended Eye Liner*($21.00 // ULTA Beauty). This liner doesn’t move. It’s really hard to get off, actually, and leaves a bit of staining behind so it’ll take two attempts at removal to get it gone. Maybe that’s a negative for you… but when I need something to stay on IDGAF what needs to happen as long as it works (full review here).
  2. Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24.00 // Sephora). In keeping with liner this one from Benefit has a bit of a bad rap, but it doesn’t come off. Benefit actually made their own remover to go with it but it’s really not necessary and your usual remover will get the job done. This liner is fantastic (and I’m so excited they’re about to launch new colors!) and if you’re used to working with liner that isn’t in pencil form you’ll love it too (full review here).
  3. Urban Decay Perversion Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner Gel ($22.00 // Sephora). This liner is smooth and easy to apply. It wears like iron so you won’t have to worry about it coming off, migrating or fading until you’re ready to remove it (full review here).
  4. IT Cosmetics Build-A-Brow Waterproof 5-In-1 Micro-Fiber Crème Stain* ($24.00 // ULTA Beauty). There are a lot of cream liners out there for brows that are long-wearing or waterproof etc… the one that stands above them all is this one from IT Cosmetics. Applying a product like this takes some getting used to since you need very, very little to apply with, but once you do it’s magic (full review here).
  5. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot* ($21.00 // Nordstrom). Note this is for the MAC PRO LONGWEAR Paint Pot. The original Paint Pots don’t stay for squat on me without a secondary primer. The Pro Longwear last forever without allowing your eye look to crease or fade (full review here).
  6. Maybelline Color Tattoo ($6.99 // ULTA Beauty). Basically my drugstore answer to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot. I love them just as much and there are similar colors available. My favorite shades are the Color Tattoo Leather (full review here).
  7. Maybelline Full & Soft Thick & Healthy Waterproof Mascara ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty). I’m not normally a waterproof mascara fan, but if I have to wear one this is on the one I pick without hesitation. It looks good, wears good and gives nice volume.
  8. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder ($7.99 // ULTA Beauty). This is a great drugstore powder to provide shine control and give off a matte finish. It says 12hrs wear but I’m a shiny gal so I usually have to touch up here and there – I haven’t met a powder that I didn’t have to do that with. This isn’t technically “waterproof” but it is long-wearing.
  9. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24.00 // Sephora). Aqua Rouge were the first lip products I ever tried that stayed all day long without fail. To this day they’re still my faves for when I need a pigmented, long-wearing, never leave my mouth color (full review here).
  10. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain & Shine ($22.00 // Sephora). In particular the shade Getaway Red. I loveeeee how this looks on and the stain side lasts well with only the gloss side needing a touch-up. The other shades I’ve tried don’t seem to last as long, stain wise, but they’re still very pretty. There is a bit of bleeding on the deep shades so be sure to add a liner like Urban Decay Ozone to the outer lip line before you apply the stain.

What is your favorite waterproof makeup item? Check out what the other bloggers are loving for Summer Beauty by clicking the icons below!

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7 Beauty Products to Help You Survive Summer

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It’s only Spring but the temperature change has been so drastic (I’m talking negative temperatures one week up to 80 the next) that it’s got me thinking about Summer. Why? Because that swift switch to hot made me sweat glow. New beauty products launch every year so here are a few old favorites that I love to use in the Summer as well as some new products I’m dying to try.

  1. Sephora Collection The Art of Braid Hair Kit($18.00 // Sephora). I love a good braid. It’s perfect for keeping hair out of the eyes while you’re swimming and it’s a bit fancier than a pony tail for keeping your hair off of your neck. My daughter also loves a good braid, but not because she’s trying to be me. She’s trying to be Elsa. Regardless, this kit has all the things for the perfect braid and teaches you how to do it. It’s at the top of my list to buy this Summer!
  2. Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes($6.47 // Walmart). Not all makeup removal wipes are created equal and I’ve found these ones from Aveeno to be one of the best for removing as much makeup as possible. Or sand dirt that inevitably will get all over you.
  3. Pür Minerals Pout Pen($20.00 // Kohl’s). Hot lips are where it’s at and you’re going to want one that’ll stick around awhile. The Pout Pens are vibrant and leave a stain plus they have a balm on the other side to keep it comfortable and fresh.
  4. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara($24.00 // Macy’s). While this mascara isn’t marked as “waterproof” it is deemed “water-resistant” and let me tell you. I wore this one day where I bawled my freaking eyes out. Hard. You know when all was said and done DH said to me “wow your makeup still looks really good”. I haven’t tried it in a pool, but I plan to this Summer. Never leave me, Benefit Roller Lash.
  5. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+($38.00 // ULTA Beauty). Not only does this have awesome coverage it doesn’t feel heavy at all and even if I “glow” a bit my skin still stays flawless all day. Bonus: SPF 50+ (though you do still need to wear your sunscreen underneath… better to be over-prepared!).
  6. The Entire Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Collection(Pricing Varies). Normally I wouldn’t mention a limited edition collection in a round-up such as this, but omg you guys… maybe my heart skipped two beats when I saw this line. All the things are major must-haves for me this Summer. If I could only pick two things it’d for sure be the Sahara Sunset Eye Shadow Palette – Desert Escape($19.99 // Target) and the Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Highlighter – Arabian Dreams ($19.99 // Target). Please live in my life you beautiful collection.
  7. Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish ($8.50 // Walgreens). This is a widespread Summer favorite nail polish – bright and fun… the Summer blue of ocean love!

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What are your favorite beauty items for surviving the Summer heat?

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Top 10 Luxury Highlight & Contour Beauty Products

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Highlight and contouring are all the rage (thanks, Kim Kardashian) so for Top 10 Tuesday your fave beauty bloggers have come together to share some of our faves!

Chanel MÉDITERRANÉE LUMIERE D’ETE Illuminating Powder ($65.00 // Nordstrom). Lumiere d’Ete is limited edition but a brand new release so you can still get your hands on it! This subtle bronzer is more than just a pretty face – it packs the perfect shade for us pale gals to add up just a bit of color in a buildable way. It’s not intensely shimmery so it doesn’t accentuate pores, but I wouldn’t call it a matte either. It looks a lot more yellow sheered out on my arm than it did when I wore it, but it’s definitely more warm toned than cool. It was hard to dig into the product because I did not want to mess up that gorgeous rose design… but, and don’t boo me, it was worth it! Get your hands on this one fast!

* IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face ($38.00 // ULTA Beauty). It’s all the colors you need to perfectly contour your face and a friends all at the same time. There are 6 shades within this palette so it’s also great to keep in a makeup kit because you’ll find something to work with any skin tone. There’s also an included face sculpting chart if you need a bit of help figuring out the best placement for the shades – there is obviously more than one face shape out there, but you’ll get the general idea and with a bit of practice be a pro in no time!

* Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour($21.00 // Sephora)Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21.00 // Sephora). It seems there’s a Chubby Stick for anything now and as a 90’s girl that was always in lust with the original Chubby Sticks I’m totally okay with that. The latest duo are a highlight and a contour stick (sold separately) that make it easy to mark up your face while the silky cream formula makes it easy to blend out. I personally love the size of these ones because my face is round and I’ve got a lot more area to mark up than you slimmies out there 😉

NARS Contour Blush ($42.00 // Sephora). One of my favorite highlight/contour products from NARS is the Contour Blush (reviewed here). This matte duo is perfect for subtle, easy sculpting and is available in three shades. If you like a bit more shimmer the new Dual Intensity Blush in Craving($45.00 // Sephora) is a fabulous pick!

Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer($24.00 // Sephora). For those that find the size of something like the Clinique Chubby Stick to be too big for their face a great pick would be The Sculptor from Tarte (reviewed here). It’s still bigger than the size of a crayon but there is less of an area of exposed product. If you have a slim/long face, you may find that this one is easier for you to manipulate to the spaces you need it.

ColourPopAphrodisiac Blush($8.00 // ColourPop). Okay… so this isn’t luxury but I saw it sitting there and I had to make room for it in this round-up. It’s that amazing. The pigment is crazy intense but the formula is so smooth it makes it easy to work with and blend out. This will last all day long!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight ($68.00 // Nordstrom). In case you’re new I mention this one constantly and it’s the duo I reach for the most (reviewed here). I call it my no brainer contour and highlight. One hit application on both sides and I’m out the door. It never looks overdone and it’ll last all day. Plus… the packaging is REALLY pretty 😉

Benefit Dallas($28.00 // Sephora). Dallas is allllll the rage in terms of bronzing and has been for awhile. I was always intimidated by it because it looked so dark. Once I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try I could never go back. The shade is beautiful for a bronzer but I even like to wear it alone as a blush (reviewed here). For highlighting I love to use Benefit Watt’s Up($30.00 // Sephora) also. I get samples all of the time when I purchase things and the little size is great to get into the arch of the brow, cupids bow, etc. Note – the full size isn’t tiny for the areas I mentioned, but it does have a little spongey deal on the other side for easier application and blending.

BECCA Shadow & Light Bronze/ Contour Perfector™($40.00 // Sephora). When this duo was new in store I had to have it the moment I saw it. It just looked so pretty. The contrasting bronze shades give the perfect contour. I lean more towards the light side in the Winter season but when my face gets a little color I add in the darker side.

MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish($32.00 // Nordstrom). Okay who doesn’t love Lightscapade (reviewed here)? It looks like it would be a shimmer-bomb but when I wear it on my face it never turns up like that. If you want to look fantastical and glowy at all times, Lightscapade is where it’s at.

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My Favorite Mascara // Makeup Wars

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Everyone knows all mascaras are not created equal. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. For this weeks Makeup Wars post we’re sharing our Favorite Mascara!

A little bit about my lashes. My natural hair color may be brown, but my lashes are an extremely light brown, or maybe even a darkish blonde. They have okay length and a nice, natural curl. Because of that curl I find that eyelash curlers don’t do a thing for me regardless of what magical trickery I do. Because of that I need to make sure my mascara accentuates the length and curl without clumping (which they’re very prone to no matter what) or falling flat after a few hours.

Two mascaras immediately come to mind when I think of what my favorites are – Milani Total Lash Cover and Benefit Roller Lash.

My Favorite High-End MascaraBenefit Roller Lash($24.00 // Sephora). This mascara was part of a “sneaky” release. Unmarked tubes were sent out for review so no one knew the brand or the name.. very little info was given. 99% of reviews seemed to be positive. I posted on social media how obsessed I was and also posted result photos. A while later it’s revealed that the mascara was Benefit Roller Lash.

I think it’s incredibly brave of a brand to send out unmarked mascara. Imagine what you’re opening yourself up to, releasing a brand new product without your name attached means you’re giving up the brand loyalty factor that your fans have. For a brand to do that they’ve got to be very much behind the results and the product claims.

Benefit claims that Roller Lash will lift, super-curl and set for 12 hours. It SO DOES. Never have I ever been so impressed with a high-end mascara. I personally don’t roll the wand to get the effect.. I tried that and probably should have done a video because the wand went flying and it was hilarious. I brush the mascara on the lashes using the arced side first, then the second coat with the other side. If I’m feeling like I should be super sexy that day I add on a third coat using the arced side.

In the look below I’m wearing Benefit Roller Lash and the eye look is done using the Marc Jacobs Starlet Style Eye-Con No.7 – Plush Shadow Palette. Unfortunately I don’t remember much else about the look lol I did it awhile ago with the intent to post a look with the palette since I hadn’t used it in awhile and I actually thought I used a different mascara until I found some other pics and realized I did in fact use the Benefit. Maybe some day I’ll remember to write things down!

My Favorite Drugstore MascaraMilani Total Lash Cover ($5.49 // CVS). I’ve reviewed this one before (here), which is why I focused more on Benefit Roller Lash for this post. This little powerhouse gives the length, lift and fullness… that lasts. Obsessed. Apparently every one else is too because when I went back to CVS to repurchase AGAIN they were sold out. And they’ve been sold out for TWO WEEKS. I’m crying.

I’ve loved others, but none as much as the two mentioned above. For now 😉

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