Top 5 Must Haves: Beauty Addiction

“Beauty ‘addiction'”? I meant “beauty EDITION”…

I will be the first to tell you that I’m not the biggest makeup person, not because I’m just “naturally flawless,” but simply because I have no idea what I’m doing. Winged eyeliner? Forget it. Contour? Jokes. False lashes? Hilarious. But all that aside, I think I have my “natural” yet somewhat “made-up” makeup routine down and I obviously want to share it for you other novices out there, or maybe even some experienced artists who are looking for new products! Here are my top five favorite products at the moment (in no particular order).


Mascara

Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof in Blackest Black by L’Oréal
I can’t even begin to tell you how many mascaras I have gone through over the years. Smudge-proof, waterproof, regular, lash extending, curling, the list goes on and on. Thankfully, soon on I realized I needed waterproof because regular mascara kept coming off under my eyes. As you can imagine, this was a huge upset when I had to stop using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (the waterproof one just isn’t the same). So began the search for the best product that didn’t flake, came off easy when washing my face, and ultimately didn’t give my raccoon eyes by the end of the day. After hours (yes, literal hours) of research, I came upon Voluminous Lash Paradise by L’Oréal and figured I would give it a try. I have never looked back. It not only lengthens and curls my lashes, but the thing stays on all damn day! My only cons are that towards the end of the bottle it starts to flake a little and it can be slightly difficult to get off after washing my face (although I use a very gentle face wash that may not be the best for makeup removal – my next search).

Under Eye Concealer

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer in Light-Medium by it cosmetics
Yet another hard-to-find product for me, and most people because we all want to avoid caking, creases, and just overall the wrong color. I just recently, over the past year, started wearing under eye concealer and I’m not sure how I got through life without it. Bye bye dark circles (pun intended)! After consulting my friends on which was the best out there, I purchased another brand that I was mildly satisfied with. Unfortunately (but also fortunately), I forgot my bottle at home when I was getting ready for brunch at a friend’s place and had massive dark circles due to a night out with little sleep. She saved me with a sample tube of the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination from one of her many sample packages. I immediately fell in love. While it was slightly sticky, I was able to blend it in perfectly with my beauty blender (God send) and my face immediately brightened up. I can definitely say it has saved me from hearing all my coworkers tell me I looked tired all the time.

Bronzer

Amazon Clay Bronzer Waterproof in Park Ave Princess by Tarte
Bronzer was new to me. I wore it a little in high school but I’m almost positive I did it wrong and probably looked like a baby prostitute. This was a difficult one since it goes pretty much in all the zones where potential breakouts can happen, and we all know how sensitive my skin is. I didn’t want anything sparkly or with a shimmer because that was too made-up for me. I was looking for something subtle that gave me that sun-kissed glow on my deadly-pale skin. Since I’ve used Tarte Amazon Clay products before (see below for highlighter), I decided to take the leap and go for the Amazon Clay Bronzer. After going probably about three weeks with putting it on incorrectly, I watched YouTube videos one after another and I think I got it down pat. You can be the judge if you ever check out my Instagram page.

Highlighter

Tossup: Haloscope in Quartz by Glossier and Amazon Clay Highlighter in Exposed Highlight by Tarte
This was definitely a hard one to choose, since I use these two products interchangeably. Haloscope is a classic Glossier product, and one of the first they put out. I love the way it glides on smoothly with the applicator and gives a nice, dewy effect. The Amazon Clay Highlighter by Tarte was my first-ever highlighter and it’s done me wonders. I typically forgo using a brush and just use my fingertips to apply. Honestly, I choose whichever one I can grab the easiest in the morning before work. BUT, my secret for super glowy, highlighted skin is to use the Haloscope and then put the Tarte on top. Talk about high-shine. I’ve gotten many compliments and I want them to keep coming.

Blush

Lip + Cheeks in Werk by MILK Makeup
I first started using MILK products when I received them in my Birchbox a few years ago and the lip + cheeks product was amazing. I’ve since forgotten the name of the color, but it was just the right amount of peach and pink to give a flushed look. However, on a recent trip to Sephora, I noticed they had come out with a new Lip + Cheeks color in Werk that is more of a mauve/dusty rose color, which works really well with my pale and tanned skin. It’s a little darker, but with proper blending it looks fantastic! I also love the tube applicator that all their products come in for seamless blending and precision on the face.


While I have many other makeup choices in the morning when I’m rushing to work, these are my top favorites and my go-tos for my day-to-day, and even night. Not convinced? Check out my Instagram page and see for yourself how each product looks on my face! Definitely let me know in the comments (or a more private DM) if I’m wayyyy off!

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5 New Products to Review!

It would be an understatement to say I enjoy shopping. Not just for clothes, either – I just recently moved so I’ve been big into purchasing items for storage, decorative pieces, and boring stuff like a microwave and, ya know, groceries. These are some of my new purchases and my current thoughts on them.

Crystals

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In my last post, I talked about how I was trying to get into the crystal game because I wanted to see what all the hype was about from my hippie friend (still love you, Claire!). I purchased Black Tourmaline, Citrine, and an assortment called the New Beginnings Crystal Healing Kit which contained Green Aventurine, Crystal Quartz, Green Calcite, Kyanite, and Howlite, which are all supposed to help bring peace, creativity, and protection (among other things) to a new home. I followed all the directions on every website I used to research these crystals and “cleansed” them by burning sage around them (there are other ways to cleanse), and “setting intentions” for each one. While I felt super weird sitting in my apartment and doing all this, I did feel a sense of calmness. It’s only been about two weeks, and I’m still not sure if I believe all the hype, but I can’t really knock it until I truly try it!

Glossier Invisible Shield SPF 35

I typically only use SPF on my face in the summer (I know, I know, I should use it everyday), but I wanted to test this one out on my face to make sure it didn’t break me out and I could return it. So I’ve been using it every morning for about a week and haven’t had any breakouts! Major shock since just about every SPF moisturizer I’ve tried out there messes with my skin. The only downside I would say is that the container/amount of product is much smaller than most SPF moisturizers and there is no way to tell how much is left in the bottle, potentially leaving you in a sticky situation during a spontaneous beach trip. All-in-all, I’d recommend!

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

After (another) glowing recommendation from my friend after seeing amazing results on her skin, I decided to purchase some organic Rosehip oil to work into my skincare routine. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now as a sole moisturizer (after toner) in the AM and under my Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich in the PM for some extra love. This is the first oil that I’ve used on my sensitive skin that hasn’t made me breakout so it’s a win in my book! All I can say is that I see the glow in my face my friend was talking about!

Nike Air Force 1 High

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I just copped this kicks last Saturday whilst roaming the city in the gorgeous 80 degree weather. I initially went into the store to ask about the Fila leggings I’ve been dying for, but sadly they didn’t have my size (but I found them online!). Naturally I browsed the store after my upsetting realization and came across these beauties. After sending multiple pictures to my friends and getting (some) stamps of approval, I took the leap and handed over my credit card. First impressions: I love the olive color and the Velcro strap (tied in the back) and they are super comfortable!

Lo and Sons Catalina Deluxe Weekender Bag

Ok so, I didn’t necessarily just get this item, but it’s definitely worth talking about. In an ideal world, I would own a fabulous LV duffel and look as chic as possible at the airport or on short trips. However my bank account will not allow it. BUT Lo and Sons has got me covered on an amazing bag. Their most popular item, the Catalina Deluxe Bag, has just about everything you want, and then some. There are pockets galore on the front, back, and inside, and on some sizes (I have the large version) there is a bottom compartment that is perfect for shoes and/or makeup/accessory bags. I have to say it’s been a life-saver on quick trips to NYC or when I need to schlep all my laundry home to my parent’s house. Compare sizes here and see which one best fits your needs!


Have you tried any of these products? Have any other suggestions? Post a comment below and I’ll check them out!

Top 3: This Week’s Must-Haves

3. Lizou Jewelry

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I came across the Lizou Jewelry Instagram page after they liked one of my photos and I got lost in their feed for about 15 minutes. Inspired by French and California vibes, this company has numerous (and moderately-priced) collections to choose from, including wraps, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. I’m especially privy to the wrap collection because the bigger the wrist-game, the better.  This bracelet and this necklace/bracelet especially caught my eye due to the gorgeous color combos. I’m guilty of wearing all black to just about everything, but I can definitely get into an accessory with a pop of color. I highly suggest checking out the site here for a closer look into this trendy line.

2. Black Tourmaline

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I’m new to crystals and the belief behind them. After hours of extensive research (yes, hours) on crystals to protect, bring creativity, and shield negative energy, I came across black tourmaline, among others. I was specifically drawn to this crystal due to it’s protective and grounding properties to keep away negativity, suppress anxiety, and bring on calmness. I purchased six stones to place around my apartment in order to keep a safe space for myself and leave my life stressors at the door (or so I read somewhere on the internet). I also bought a necklace with the stone to keep toxic energies away from myself through my day and protect from the anxiety I experience everyday. While I’ve only just set up my crystals around my house, I have high hopes of what they will do in the future.

1. Fila Everthing

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On my way back to my apartment after buying a few bottles of Prosecco, I noticed the store window of a trendy street wear/sneaker store and the mannequin caught my eye. She (it?) was decked out in Fila, but more specifically these Fila leggings that I now must have in my closet. (These are also pretty sick.) I recently purchased the classic Disruptor 2 sneakers and re-fell in love with the brand. I’m big on Adidas and Nike, but I wanted to branch out into more old school brands like Fila and the now-popular Champion. With the love of my recent purchase, I definitely see more Fila gear coming into my life.


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