Lock in Makeup with Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix

MUFEmistfixI swear by Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray ($15-30) to really make my makeup last. For convenience, I picked up a travel-sized bottle of Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix ($) before a trip we took in the spring. I have now used up the entire bottle and have been reaching for it over the UD All-Nighter. I’m not sure what it is, but it really sets my makeup and makes it look like it was just applied for hours. I love a fresh makeup look, but hate when it starts to look stale and tired after a few hours. (Especially when it starts to slip under your eyes…ugh!) This prevents that for quite a long time. I mainly use it before going out at night, and by the time I’m ready to take off my makeup at the end of the night, it looks just as good as it did when I applied it earlier in the evening. It doesn’t make it any more difficult to remove, either. Love it.

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My Favorite Brow Products

favoritebrowproductsLet’s be real: nobody has perfect brows…especially if you were a ’90s teen like me who overplucked when skinny brows were all the rage. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fake it. Here are my trusted products for giving me flawless arches. (You won’t see any powders on here, as I never use it!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil ($21): The teeny-tiny pencil tip allows you to mimic the look of actual hairs, and it’s slightly waxy and super long-lasting. It comes in a wide array of colors so you can match your brows perfectly. The little spoolie on the opposite end is super convenient and blends out product evenly. A must-have! (I use the Taupe shade.)

Nudestix Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel ($24): I got this waterproof brow pencil in Dirty Blonde, and I love the color, texture, and how quickly and evenly it fills in my brows. But the surprise here was the brow gel that comes with this; I wasn’t expecting much and OMG this is awesome! I wish they sold it separately! It’s super strong, holds my brows in place ALL DAY, and the tiny little wand makes it so easy for me to get right in there and shape my brows exactly how I want. Also, the black matte metal tin it comes in has been corralling the random lipsticks & glosses that were floating around in my purse.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18): For a more natural effect, I’ve been turning to this (read my full recent review here). I found that this is great for filling in the inner corners of my brows as I’m trying to grow them in. It keeps the corners from looking too harsh and blends out softly and beautifully with a spoolie. (I use the Blonde color.)

MAC Brow Set in Clear ($17): Best brow gel. Enough said.

Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter ($6.50): This brow pencil is a drugstore dupe for Anastasia’s Brow Duality. The dual-ended creamy pencil has a matte end and a shimmery end. I swipe these under my arches to define and highlight the area. It makes such a difference; my brows look polished and neat. I use the Matte Cream/Luminous Lift shade (a pinky neutral), and it also comes in Matte Beige/High Glow (champagne) and Vanilla/Natural Taupe (yellowy cream and medium brown).

NYX Microbrow ($10): A drugstore dupe for Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. Really, really similar — just requires slightly more pressure when applying, as it’s slightly less waxy.

What are some of your favorite brow products? I’d love to hear in the comments.

PS: I haven’t been able to blog as much lately, but I appreciate you checking back for new content! I hope to have more time to get back to a regular schedule soon.

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Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara

Tilbury-mascara copyRenowned British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury debuted her cosmetics line in the U.S. last fall, after it sold out in a flash in the U.K. People rave about these products, and they’re used by celebrity makeup artists constantly. So of course I’ve been wanting to try her Full Fat Lashes Mascara ($29).

The Full Fat Lashes mascara promises “5-star” results: length, volume, separation, curl, and drama. Sounds perfect, right?!

According to the Internet (take that with a grain of salt), I’m pretty much the only person who doesn’t like this mascara. It just doesn’t do anything for me. After I apply it, it literally looks like I’m not wearing any mascara at all. It makes my lashes look oddly shorter than they actually are, providing zero length. It doesn’t plump them up, either. And finally, it doesn’t add any black color to them! When I wear this, my lashes seem to disappear. I don’t get it. But I know I don’t like it. I’ve tried repeatedly to wear this, but it just does nothing for my lashes, so I gave up.

I wish I could say we had a good run, but I’m kind of heartbroken over the fact that I spent nearly $30 on this.

For luxury mascaras I do like, check out this post.

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End-of-September Favorites

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As we head into October, I’m so excited to start really getting into all things fall in beauty, fashion, and my home. Here are some images that I’m drawn to lately.

1. Destroyed denim, cream sweater, and a brown tote
2. A new twist on nail art in oxblood and gold
3. Simple, striking outdoor autumn decor
4. Paper feather wreath accented with feathers and white pumpkins
5. Creamy whites offset by green and bark {source unknown}
6. Cozy by the fireside
7. Balayaged lived-in blonde by Anh Co Tran
8. Lush, natural autumn centerpiece
9. Ultra-dewy skin
10. J.Crew Cosmos Cluster Necklace
11. Simple seasonal vignette
12. Monotone turtleneck and structured jacket {source unknown}

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Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

urban-spectrumPart of Urban Decay’s Holiday 2015 collection is the Urban Spectrum Palette ($55), which contains 15 jewel-toned and neutral eyeshadows. Every shadow is full-sized, so this is offered at an incredible price, considering individual UD eyeshadows are $19. All shadows in the palette are shimmery, and range from a pale tan to a deep, dark inky blue. I typically lean toward neutral shadows, but I wanted to get this to expand my collection and push myself a little bit out of my comfort zone. It’s a great addition to an established makeup collection.

This is not a standalone palette; you will need some matte and satin shades to complement all the shimmer going on here. Once I supplemented this with matte neutrals, I was surprised at the versatility of these shades. They can be used to add depth to a look, to bring a highlight to the eye, or to add a pop of color. I wouldn’t wear these shadows on their own (too much for me–but if you’re into it, go for it!), but once I started pairing them with matte neutrals, it opened a whole new range of looks for me.

Here are close-ups of the shades.urban-spectrum1urban-spectrum2urban-spectrum4
So should you invest in this particular palette? See what I think after the jump.

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Tip to Mend Broken Powder Products

how-to-fix-broken-powderIf you accidentally shatter any type of powder product in a pan, don’t toss it. It’s easy to fix! Place all shattered bits of product back into the pan, then saturate it with rubbing alcohol. Pat the product down so it’s even with the edge of the pan, creating a flat surface, then run a clean small spatula (or your fingertips) over the surface to smooth it out. Once it’s dry, your product will be almost as good as new. The surface won’t be exactly the same as it was before, so run a brush over it a few times to “break it in.” This works with all powder products: eyeshadow, bronzer, powder, blush, brow powder, highlighter…literally anything that’s a powder formula.

Tomorrow I’ll share an instance where this technique comes in really handy!

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NuMe White Truffle Haircare

NuMeWhiteTruffle NuMe’s White Truffle haircare line is generating a lot of buzz, so I decided to give it a shot. Over the summer, my hair had gotten really dry, and I was trying to grow it out, so I wanted to give it a little extra love. I am an affiliate with NuMe (so if you purchase a product of theirs through a link in my blog, I receive a small commission), but even if I wasn’t, I would still be writing this same review. I purchased these products out of pocket; they were not sent to me for consideration, and this is not a sponsored post. These are my own results, and I wanted to share with you how impressed I am with this haircare line.

Before we get into the post, let’s talk price. These products are normally $50 each. NuMe constantly offers discount codes, so you won’t have to pay full price — so don’t dismiss them because they’re expensive! Right now, you can get the entire set — Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Hair Primer, and Leave-In Conditioner — for $50. Enter code WHITETRUFFLE at checkout.

I have a good hair day every time I use these products. The shampoo and conditioner are incredibly hydrating. They make my hair ultrasoft, full of shine, and really healthy-looking. I wash my hair every other day, but I typically use them every other time I wash my hair, which comes out to about once or twice a week. They’re great for color-treated, dry, coarse, thick, and normal hair types. If you have fine or limp hair, I wouldn’t recommend these. They are on the heavier side, and if you apply these to thin hair, they could weigh it down. When I saw the thickness of these products, I was really surprised that they didn’t weigh my hair down.

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Revisiting Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow

imageI change up my beauty products and methods every so often, and my brows are no exception. Since I’ve been growing them in over the past few months, I felt that my standard “brow-pen-followed-by-pencil” routine made my newly thicker brows look too harsh. Searching for an alternative method, I dug out my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Waterproof Pomade in Blonde ($18) to give it another whirl. I bought this when it launched in late 2013 and used it only a handful of times. I don’t recall exactly why, but after a few wears, I just didn’t love it.

And now I’ve changed my mind. I find that this product looks more natural on my fuller brows. It’s a nice light shade (I’m blonde), and it’s long-wearing. It also adheres well to skin — key for areas where you’re missing hairs. It’s easy to mimic the look of individual hairs when using short strokes with a small angled brush. (Sidenote: My Mom got me the one pictured here years ago in a brush set from Costco, and I LOVE it! Seriously, Kirkland Signature brushes are good!) Since it’s a pomade it has a little hold, and I noticed that my MAC Brow Set tames my brows better when I apply it after Dipbrow. The main reason I like it so much right now is that it blends out naturally with a spoolie brush. This is key at the inner corners of my brows. I just like the effect better now that I’m working with fuller brows.

Have you tried Dipbrow? What do you think?

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The Amazing $10 Brow Growth Product

JamaicanBlackCastorOilWhen my brow girl (who I’d seen for 7 years) moved away a few months ago, I started seeing a new specialist. When she studied my brows at my first appointment, she said the overall shape was flattering and solid, but my brows didn’t completely conform to the “golden ratio” for perfect brows. Mainly, they didn’t extend far enough at the inner corners. There were also some sparse spots under the arches that she wanted to thicken up.

She put me on a brow regrowth program (which is basically just a fancy way of saying go for a shaping every month and don’t pluck a single hair in between visits). She also recommended I massage Jamaican Black Castor Oil (approx. $10, depending on which seller you purchase from on Amazon) onto my brows before bed every night to encourage regrowth. She said use it for 6 months, and if I saw no significant regrowth, then I could upgrade to the RevitaBrow serum. She recommended going the castor oil route to start, because RevitaBrow is $110 per tube.

Read about my results after the jump.

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What’s Inside the Rakuten Bonus Box

rakuten bonus boxRakuten Affiliate Network chose me as one of 50 advertising partners to receive their third quarter Bonus Box. As you have probably noticed by the occasional affiliate links on this blog, I partner with a select group of advertisers, mostly in the beauty industry, who are interested in getting the word out about their products. The Bonus Box is a relatively new initiative; Rakuten curates them quarterly to strengthen relationships between bloggers and advertisers. I love it because it’s a great way to sample new products! Check out what was in the Q3 box below.

This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase any of the items through the links in this post, I will receive a small commission.

tatchaTatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($15-48): This was the product I was most excited about in the box. I’ve been dying to try this! Spritz this light mist onto skin after moisturizing & before applying makeup to give your complexion a gorgeous luminous finish. The dewy skin look is the absolute prettiest in my opinion, and this executes the look gorgeously. If you’re oily, this is not for you; but if you have normal to dry skin, this will make you glow, glow, glow.

ole-henriksen-3-little-wondersOle Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Box ($24.50): I’ve been using these products in my morning and nightly routines. The products are all deluxe sample/travel-sized, so you can really get a feel for how they interact with your skin before purchasing the full-size versions. I use the Truth Serum Collagen Booster in the morning to defend against free radicals. Before bed, I apply the Invigorating Night Treatment, which has a lightweight, sheer gel-like consistency. It feels so cushy gliding onto my skin. Over that, I layer Sheer Transformation, which is one of the lightest moisturizers I’ve ever used. I hate the feel of heavy moisturizers on my face, so this is perfect for me because it feels like it’s not even there. If too hate the feeling of heavy/thick moisturizer, this could be a nice option for you.

ZERO FOX GIVENHuman Zero Fox Given Tee ($20): Can we just talk about this T-shirt for a sec? When I opened it, I sort of died because…I mean, why wouldn’t I?! It’s also the softest shirt ever, but that’s almost beside the point.

laura geller glamlashGlamLASH Mascara ($24): For a tiny wand, this makes a big impact. I’ve been layering this over lash primer recently, and really like the results. It gives me ultra-black, long lashes that don’t flake or look fake. This could be a great makeup bag staple.

Click through to see the rest of the products included in the box.

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