An outlet for my makeup obsession

2017 Birthday Beauty Wishlist Vol.2

Had to do another wish list because my friends and family are starting to ask me what I want- my 26th birthday is this Sunday July 2nd.  I can’t wait to celebrate and do makeup together with my friends this Saturday!  I actually did another one of these already for this year that you can read here.

bday wishlist

Glossier Balm Dot Com Birthday edition / I’m halfway through my mint version of this amazing lip balm and the idea of a bday edition is adorable. It even smells like cake!

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Tinted (Medium) / Skincare + makeup in one step!

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Khaki Eyes, Gold Flash Highlight, Mascara PSA

I wanted to share this makeup look because I strayed away from my typical warm orange/ red/ brown mattes eyeshadow for once. I’ve talked about that sandy- Bobbi Brown Camel matte color that I absolutely love pairing with a gold lid.  It is one of my favorite shades to wear when I’m tan and it inspired me to create this look.

I’m going to try to describe the color but it may be a struggle. It’s like a brownish chartreuse or a tan with green undertones. Not quite olive green, but more khaki tan. I really like how it went with my greyish blue eyes and it was something new for me, which is exciting when you feel like you’ve tried every neutral matte look there is to try.

I achieved this look by mixing a few eyeshadows to get the color I wanted and add lots of depth- Makeup Geek Preppy was the star of the show, but it was also assisted by Makeup Geek Desert Sands, Tiki Hut, Looxi Wheatness, and ABH custard for a light transition shade. On my lid I patted on a touch of ABH Hollywood from the Mario palette. This shade is a butter color with a satin finish that I hadn’t found a use for until now. It kept it almost- matte but with a little dimension.

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Kylie Vacation Nude Matte Lipsticks

Something happened that I didn’t expect… I fell deeply in love with a Kylie Cosmetics product.  


When the new vacation collection released, I was watching her snapchats like usual, admiring the simple trendy packaging and seeing the usual shimmery swatches, but not expecting much. Eyeshadow palette- meh, glow powders- meh, glitter gloss- nah, and so on.  When she swatched her new matte liquid lipsticks though, I perked up. These weren’t the Kylie x KKW collection that were an odd cream formula that all looked the same color.  These weren’t a set with a gorgeous nude thrown into three other bright colors I wouldn’t use.

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Current Skincare Routine


Low Maintenance Morning 

Cleanse / I’ll wake up and splash water on my face because I don’t apply anything before the gym. If it feels like I have product build up on my face, I’ll go in with a little bit of Philosophy cleanser to freshen up before I head out of my apartment.  A little goes a long way and I always grab a backup of this moisturizing cleanser when the Sephora sale comes around.

After I workout I use NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash in the shower. It gives a light exfoliating scrub and lasts FOREVER because it’s one of those that come in dry powder form and becomes a cleanser once you have water on your hands.

Treat / Nip + Fab Glycolic acid pads are a miracle product and I always grossly find that there is stuff on the pad after I’m certain my skin is clean! These are crucial to keeping away acne and clearing my pores.

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Bare Minerals Spotlight ft. Baby Bohemian


Today’s post is a rave review of my favorite product from the brand Bare Minerals. It is excitingly also in collaboration with Leah from Baby Bohemian, one of my favorite bloggers. She has great taste in staple products that are all natural, and somehow I always learn about something new from her posts even though she keeps everything so uncomplicated and classic (what I strive for but don’t pull off all that well.)  Her blog introduced me to Hylamide Low Molecular HA Re-Hydration Booster (I use it daily now) and THE FILE among other things. Her post will also be on her picks from Bare Minerals.


Bare Minerals have been around forever so they aren’t the most hyped up products in the release- happy beauty community.  They never fail me though, and their powder products and lip glosses (Buxom is also owned by them) are some of the products I have repurchased most.


My favorite product from them is definitely Well Rested concealer. It is an ultra pigmented loose powder concealer. It has a little bit of yellow, but not as much as many of the other banana colored powders out there. It is more of a pale cream shade that somehow works for me at my tannest and palest.


This brightens up under eyes so well. I like to use it over liquid concealers or even on its own if I am doing a really quick light face of makeup. “Well Rested” is the perfect description for making dark under eyes disappear and make my face look as bright and awake as possible. I can barely do my makeup without this powder.  It feels and looks lighter than pressed under eye powders, so I always reach for it over anything else I have.  


I am probably on my sixth or seventh jar of this product by now, and I’m not planning on being without it any time soon. If you like that bright eyed look, this is a must have.  It is not hyped up too much in the beauty community so sometimes I feel like it’s my secret weapon.   Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Baby Bohemian’s post on her Bare Minerals picks- she has bomb taste.




MAC Berry Lipsticks


Clockwise: Pink Plaid, Up The Amp, D for Danger, Flat Out Fabulous, All Fired Up

While they don’t get as much use as they should, berry lipsticks have a special space in my heart. I find them more wearable than a red, but more daring than nudes obviously.

 I don’t feel like berry colored lips are a huge trend right now unfortunately.  It was bigger a couple years ago until the 90s brown lip/ Kylie Jenner MAC Whirl trend took over.  Before this, everyone I knew was obsessed with MAC Rebel. I never bought it because I had a drugstore one I really loved- Maybelline Blissful Berry.  Wet n’ Wild dupes for MAC lipsticks were all the rage too… that was my favorite era of makeup youtube videos!

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Pink Highlighter Edit

Highlighting is one of the most “fun” steps of my makeup routine so I have way too many. Every once in awhile I take everything out of my makeup drawers to reorganize and regroup to make sure I’m using everything and not buying dupes for things I already have. I had a realization that I had a lot of pink highlighters. 


One stroke finger swatches of pink highlighters

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How To Avoid Overpacking Makeup

the rock makeup meme

When I’m going over to a friend’s house overnight I’m usually hauling a bunch of makeup. My friends are just as much into makeup as I am and usually the highlight of my weekend is getting ready with them and talking about our favorite products and youtubers.  Usually I’m going full out glam when I am with them, which involves bringing a ton of products along to use.  The other day my friend had the brilliant idea of making a spreadsheet of all of the products she was taking on vacation.

Usually I just write down all the products I am going to bring on a piece of paper and pack them up that way, but I liked the idea of being able to reuse a spreadsheet.  I came up with my own version by thinking of the steps I do in my makeup routine, then adding a product to each one. Check out the PDF of my version: Makeup Packing Checklist

hair checklist

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Lip Combo I Love | Cherry Red

Spoiler alert for any red lip I do, I use MAC Cherry liner. It seems to make any red lip glow a little bit with the perfect shade of red and never lets me down.  For the lipstick I used Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in 42 Rosewood.  It’s a deep red shade that transforms to be true red when paired with this liner.

You know when you put on a liquid lip and the edges have that paint look? I usually tap it out with my finger to blur that line if it’s a nude. That would end in a smudgy disaster if I did it with a bright color like this, so I found another way.  

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Makeup on my mind |Powders per oz, Sunset palettes, & Sunday Riley

For today’s post I wanted to just talk about makeup.  I think about makeup a lot… so I thought it would be fun to hang out here and write it all down.   Hope you’re having a great hump day and the rest of your week flies by!

I recently did a Sephora order that showed as delivered… but wasn’t.  I was a little freaked out and contacted customer service.  To my surprise they immediately reshipped it out to me! I was not expecting that kind of a quick response and it made my day.

setting powder

I had ordered the new Urban Decay Velvetizer powder and the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Filtered Light Setting Powder. I plan on using the Velvetizer as a last step over my blush, bronzer, and t-zone to lock everything in and take away shine. It is meant for mixing in with foundations but the texture looks amazing as a SUPER- mattifying powder. I will report back on how well it works both ways.

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