September 2015 Favorites

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Heeeeeey! Long time no post right? I took an over extended break for personal reasons. Happy to report that I should be back and ready to lend my voice to all things beauty. It’s been an odd month weather wise here in Chicago because we haven’t really begun to transition to the fall yet. We actually still have some very summer like weather here so I haven’t had to break out my usual “transition to fall” beauty goodies, had a pumpkin spiced anything or put my crock pot stew recipes to the test yet. With our unusual weather I have found that my September 2015 Favorites really reflect what I have been using for most of the summer.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Twice Baked – I’ve always been advocate of using “color” (meaning not black!) eyeliner. While Urban Decay’s line of pencil eyeliners boasts an impressive array of shades, it’s Twice Baked that’s been my jam! Twice Baked is the perfect shade of dark brown with just a hint of shimmer and slightly coppery micro glitter. I reeeeeeally wish this wasn’t a limited edition item that is no longer available but there are plenty of brown liners on the market at all price points.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Saddle – An oldie but goodie! Saddle is my everything: brows, liner, crease, sheer wash of smokey color on my eyes. It’s so important to have a good selection of “basic” shadows that can be used in a variety of ways. Saddle is just my makeup “bae”. I can’t live without it and it’s lasted me FOREVER.

INGLOT YSM Cream Foundation – When I came back from Mexico last month I had actually tanned quite a bit and I found myself needing a foundation that was just a little bit darker. Thankfully I had makeup ESP and brought this little powerhouse with me to Mexico. INGLOT’s YSM Cream Foundation is amazing! The coverage on it’s own is medium to full but what I have been doing with it is mixing it with other products to sheer it out some since I do not need that kind of coverage everyday. YSM wears for hours, looks like skin and just photographs beautifully! It’s also not as expensive as some of it’s higher end cousins.

MAC Cinderella Stroke of Midnight Palette – A MAC Palette full of best selling neutrals and a blackened purple? Toss in really cute packaging and how could this not be a favorite? I’m admittedly not one who buys into the MAC Limited Edition collections that are released weekly (or it seems that way!) but I actually stayed up all night to order this palette because I loved everything about the Stroke of Midnight palette. All of the shades in this palette are perfect: blend well, pigmented and long lasting. . If you missed out on the palette five of the six shades are permanent. Stroke of Midnight is the lone limited edition shade.

Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation – I use Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation on the days when I want to head out the door and I only have 5 minutes to get my face together OR to set my foundation/concealer. This powder when applied alone with a powder brush is enough to really just pull my face together. Over a foundation and concealer it works to set everything in place and to slightly color correct. Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation also adjusted to my recently tanned skin very well. For all my dry skinned ladies out there, this powder does NOT cling to your dry patches. There are a variety of ways to use the Smashbox Photo Filter Creamy Powder Foundation (it comes with a double sided sponge, can be used wet or dry, etc) and several marketing claims I have yet to test so I may do a full review on this product in the future.

Tweetermen Slant Tweezers – Who doesn’t love a hot pink tweezer? Whenever I get asked: What is one beauty routine you do daily? My answer is ALWAYS: brows! Brows can seriously make or break your ENTIRE face. Yes, your brows are THAT serious! To keep your brows in tip top shape I recommend a great pair of tweezers and you can never go wrong with Tweezerman. Free sharpening for life? Yes please! I actually have two pairs so when I do send them away to get sharpened, I always have a spare at home with me.

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Redken Color Extend Magentics Shampoo – I have a love/hate relationship with sulfate free shampoos. I love that they don’t dry my fragile tresses out but I hate that my hair never feels or looks clean after using them. That all changed this past summer when I purchased Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo. This sulfate free, color safe shampoo just really, really works! It cleanses my hair, gives my hair body and doesn’t dry my hair out. I would use this shampoo even if I wasn’t coloring my hair that’s how good it is.

Simon & Tom Moroccan Treatment – I don’t know why but my hair cannot handle straight up oil of any kind. Believe me, I have tried them all. It’s almost like my hair needs that dose of silicone to make a difference and I am fine with that. Enter Simon & Tom Moroccan treatment which has seriously saved my ends as of late. Now, I do not use this serum all over my hair. I apply this serum on the ends of my hair before I go to sleep and when I get up in the morning my hair just looks and feel better.

Those were my favorite makeup and hair products for September 2015. What were you enjoying this month and made your September 2015 Favorites? let me know in the comments section below.



DISCLAIMER: Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for consideration. Please note that all opinions are my own and I have not been monetarily compensated for any product placement, mentions, etc. To see my full Disclosure Policy please click here.

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September 2014 Favorites

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OMG it’s October 1st already?!?!? Where did the time go? I feel like every month I say this but I honestly do mean it. Time is just flying by at hyper speed. I’m not going to lie, September 2014 was an AWESOME month for me (and Ozzy!). I have soooo much that I want to spill but I can’t at least for now. >wink<  Just want to say that I am grateful for EVERYTHING that has happened in September and feeling beyond blessed. I am excited for October too: Walking Dead starts on the 12th, scary movies, Halloween…YAY! Plus in the beauty world we’ll start seeing more of the Holiday 2014 lines in store . Enough about October lets move on to my September 2014 Faves!

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1.) MAC Cosmetics Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple – I have been ALL about purple eye makeup for the entire month of September. I have worn purple liner almost daily and my go to purple liner is MAC’s Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Designer Purple. It’s the perfect shade for me as it reads purple on my eyes and I can transform it making it more intensely purple by layering brighter purple on it or I can intensify the smokiness by layering darker shades on top of it.

2.) Make Up For Ever Artist Palette – To go with my purple obsession, the shades in this palette are perfect for my obsession. Each of the shades in the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette are designed to work together and guess what? Two of the eight shades are purple!!! Seriously, this has been the ONLY palette on my vanity since I purchased it in early September.

3.) Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer – Our weather has not been entirely fall like in September here in Chicago so an eyeshadow primer was a must for me. I just reviewed this primer  here. Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer has been my go to for the entire month and I have been loving it over a former fave.

4.) Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown – I love Brow Wiz for many reasons: it’s easy to use, looks natural, it’s an an all in one tool, etc. As hard as I have tried nothing comes close to my beloved Brow Wiz!

5.) T3 Single Pass Compact Iron – Another recent purchase of mine that has rapidly become a favorite of mine. This HAWT hot tool has been a daily essential to fight frizzy bed head curls or to get perfectly straight locks.

6.) Too Faced Melted Berry – Staying on beauty trends for the fall is not usually something I do but I have  been on a bit of a berry kick! I bought Too Faced Melted Berry before I started to see “Berry Lips” everywhere and now I can’t find ANY of the drugstore berry shades. I guess that’s fine because Too Faced Melted Berry is FABULOUS. It goes on easy, doesn’t feather, wears for a long time and it does not dry out my lips. Perfect for fall! So why am I looking for more? Insanity I guess… MUST HAVE ALL THE BERRY?!?!?

7.) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Porcelain – If you have been following me for a while now you know I swear by this. I don’t wear any other foundation daily but the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. I’m actually due for another one and I might have to go a shade darker to match my tanned body (I’ll keep my tan throughout the early winter months).

8.) Monster High Casta Fierce – My non beauty/cosmetic pick this month is my current favorite Monster High Doll: Casta Fierce! She is a play on Beyonce and I think she is just beyond fab despite the fact that I am overt Beyonce! I love everything about this doll: hair, dress, make up and accessories. I searched everywhere for this doll during September and I was beyond elated when I found her. Casta also has the honor of being the FIRST ever Monster High doll shown on my blog. I’ve been collecting Monster High Dolls for over two years now. I have “Collectors Syndrome”: makeup, Monster High Dolls, Bills, etc. =)

There you have it! My September 2014 Favorites. What were you loving this month?


August 2014 Faves


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I cannot believe it’s September already? Where has this year gone? August was a weird month for us here in the Chi. It was downright cool at some points but Summer came roaring back the last few weeks of August and it has been pretty humid and hot, yuck! I had a few favorites for the month of August, some of them are predictable (obviously!) and some of them are brand new. But because of the heat I can honesty say that I wore very minimal makeup for more than half of the month.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – Honestly, if you haven’t tried this you are missing out! I’m fairly consistent when it comes to favorite products and this foundation has been my go to since I bought it waaaaaay back when it first launched. My official review is here.

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Forgot to include this in my group shot!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Fruity & Cheeky Cherry – A recent discovery for me. I grabbed a can of this prior to leaving for Mexico in July and I fell in love with it. I just bought another can of the Fruity & Cheeky Cherry scent and I got one for brunettes. Batiste is an affordable dry shampoo option at 7.99 and it works better then most high end dry shampoos I have tried. The scent is more fruity than cherry but it smells really, really good.  This particular scent absorbs oil and freshens my hair very well. It also adds a nice, long lasting volume. You can find Batiste Dry Shampoos in a variety of scents at various stores. I buy mine at Ulta and Walgreens.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – Ok, so I like this better than my previous fave L’Oreal Miss Manga. Perversion is ultra black, ultra shiny goodness folks! I know, I know I kind of dogged on the mascara in my August 2014 Ipsy Bag review BUT I am a woman and therefore allowed to change my mind. I really, really LOVE this mascara. Against my fair skin it just makes my lashes “POP”. Perversion doesn’t clump my lashes, it’s extremely easy to build up and the brush/wand is the bomb. This mascara gives me just the right amount of oomph for any occasion.  I just bought a full size yesterday. =)

Serenity + Scott Powder Foundation – I discovered this brand at TMS Chicago this year. Their Powder Foundation is the bee’s knees. And when combined with my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick I get perfect, natural looking skin. I’ve never used a powder foundation that mimics natural skin like this one. It is fabulous: wears softly on the skin, doesn’t stick to drier patches on the skin, or “sit” on top of the skin. I finally found a powder foundation that I like.

Urban Decay Naked Lipgloss in Naked – This was the ONLY product I have used on my lips for the past month (until my Berry obsession which happened at the tail end of August). Naked is the perfect shade of sheer peachy pink for me. It’s just gorgeous with an added bonus of not drying my lips out as it has some née moisturizing properties packed in it.. I also adore the packaging, it’s very luxe and a definite conversation starter.

Anastasia Brow Wiz – Try as I may I cannot find anything that replaces my beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz. I love a natural brow that has some skin peaking through. And I can get this effect with my beloved Brow Wiz. The skinny tip is perfect for creating a natural brow and I like the spoolie on the end. This is an all in one product for me but if it’s insanely muggy out I do need to set it with a powder.

As you can tell by now I went ultra natural for August 2104. Was it hot and muggy in your neck of the woods like it was here? What were your faves for the month of August 2014?



June 2014 Favorites

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June 2014 Favorites time! I cannot believe that year is now OFFICIALLY half way over… Christmas will be here soon and I have an insane plan decor wise this year: a decorated, lit tree in EVERY room of my house (and there are ALOT!). I nabbed trees last year after Christmas during clearance blowouts (I even got a pretty 6 foot pre-lit for $2 no lie!). Yikes! I so got off the topic with the Christmas talk. Let’s not mention the “C” word until October ok? It’s SUMMER time in my city and my favorites for June changed slightly with my makeup/beauty habits for the summer. I am still digging EVERYTHING (eating some Spanish Olives right now) in my May 2014 Favorites, which you can find here. Well, I have moved on from my Too Faced Melted Peony and replaced it with TWO new faves. For June 2014 I will list my new faves instead of rehashing some of my old favorites.

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L to R: Fusion of Color Sass Lipgloss in Pretty in Pink and bare Minerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer in Magenta Vibe

Toni & Guy Curling Iron – I LOVE beachy waves in the summer and my Toni & Guy curling iron helps me achieve my perfect wave. Now I don’t use the clip, I actually wrap my hair around the barrel and it works better than my $250 Amika curling system (>sobs<). I highly recommend grabbing one at your local Target.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Sass Lipgloss in Pretty in Pink – Holy grail gloss reviewed here and I wear it ALL the time. Pretty in Pink is my perfect shade of creamy peachy-pink that goes with just about everything. It’s hydrating and doesn’t budge which I love. Pretty in Pink is also not sticky, it has a very nice slip and decent wear time. This is my current and only lipgloss in my purse. bare

Minerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer in Magenta Vibe – Even though I just reviewed this here, I’ve had it for quite a while now and this has been my go to lippie when I am craving that subtle pop of color. Magenta Vibe provides great moisture for my parched lips and it’s easy to apply on the go. I do have to be careful with this in the summer sun as it will melt, but as for now this is my go to shade for a sublte summer pop. If I am not wearing Fusion of Color Pretty in Pink I am wearing this.

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My preciouses….. =)

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAB Tote – Ugh, I so did NOT need to get the “desginer” handbag bug. Now I am a long waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off from from LVs and Balenciagas but Rebcca Minkof can be quite pricey in its own right. I got this bag directly from Rebecca Minkoff’s website over Memorial Day weekend. It was already on sale plus I had a coupon for 20% off so I paid around $74 plus shipping for this bag. And I want another… A larger one! But this bag is just beyond cute, colorful and PERFECT for the summer. Curse you Rebecca Minkoff for making HOT handbags!

Apple IPad Mini Retina Display – I didn’t think I would like the mini and guess what? I like it better than my boyfriend’s full size IPad. I have been attached to my IPad Mini, it might as well be sewn to my hand. I don’t think I would be able to live without it. I even blinged it out AND bought matching cases for my Iphone and IPad Mini. I’m crazy, I know.

What were your faves for June 2014? Do you have big plans for the Fourth of July? Have a great and safe weekend!


May 2014 Favorites

It’s time for my May 2014 Favorites! I cannot believe it’s June already and that I did not get this up sooner. I’ve been in a bit of a rut as of late and not “inspired”. Whatevs, so over it already. We have had a preview of Summer recently and I am happy to report I have FINALLY dropped my winter weight and ALL of my shorts fit! The best part is, I actually like all of them and I have adverted a shorts shopping trip. SO beyond proud of myself! That means I had more money to spend at The Makeup Show Chicago this past weekend! Woot woot! Anywho, on to my faves!


Back Row: Healthy Sexy Hair Color Safe Soy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Front Row L to R: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, Too Faced Melted in Melted Peony and L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara

Back Row: Healthy Sexy Hair Color Safe Soy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Front Row L to R: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, Too Faced Melted in Melted Peony and L’Oreal’s Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara – I reviewed this here. I have been LOVING this mascara SO much that I have pretty much forsaken ALL of my other mascaras. I have to say that I thought after a few weeks I might hate the formula but I have fallen even MORE in love with Miss Manga!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick – This was reviewed here and a fav last month as well. The love continues to flow from me for this product! Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is the bees knees and now that I have tested this in hot summer like conditions, I love this foundation even more! The Skin Foundation Stick stands up to the heat like a champ, especially when paired with a great primer.

Too Faced Melted Peony – I reviewed this here. I love the formula SO much that I recently ordered two more of their newest shades. Melted Peony has been my go to lip shade once again. I wear it all the time because it is simple to apply and it doesn’t go everywhere. Melted Peony lasts for a while sticking around through drinking and eating.

Healthy Sexy Hair Color Safe Soy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner – I was at the end of my rope with my hair. It’s very fine but I have a lot of it, can be greasy, yet dry and frizzy at the same time. I saw a review of these products online and Ulta had their infamous liter sale going on so I bought them both and I have been in live ever since. I only wash my hair 2 maybe 3 times a week (I shower daily!) if that so this duo has really been getting my hair clean, not making me super oily AND taming my frizzies.

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Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Saddle – Ok, so I forgot this last month and it should have been included. But this shadow is my MUST have product that I can use to fill my brows, define my crease and line my eyes with. I have yet to find a shade of brown that is remotely similar to this in terms of soft color payoff, longevity and tone. It is my perfect shade of brown.

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Purples – My go to color for making my eyes pop is purple. I cannot narrow it down to just one purple color cosmetic that I love but some of my faves are NARS Eyeshadow in Daphne, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Liner in Ultraviolet, Ether and Psychedelic Sister. I have way to many purple faves to really mention.

Non Beauty Related Faves

KPop – More specifically Girls Generation, f(x), 2NE1 and After School. I think it’s the lack of female pop groups in the US that I actually enjoy. Even with the current Danity Kane reunion, I find myself wanting more girl group goodness. I’ve always loved pop girl groups and I secretly wanted to be a member of a girl group when I was a little girl and well into my teens. I may not know WHAT my fave KPop Girl Groups are singing about, but who cares! I enjoy it and that is all that matters.

Bad Girls Club Chicago – Yes, I admit it. BGC is MY guilty pleasure. I can identify with these young women because I am quite hellraiser in my own right. It’s entertaining, it’s sad and sometimes for me,  it’s like looking in the mirror. There is so much more to this show than the fighting, twerking, etc. And what’s even better for me is this season was shot in my city. Loving it!

Spanish Olives – Yummy, salty little bundles of goodness! I L-O-V-E Spanish Olives. And I have ZERO self control when it comes to them. I can literally eat an entire jar. Which is very dangerous because it leads to swollen sodium bloat! And I am trying to avoid bloating/swelling at ALL costs this summer.

What were your faves for the money of May? Share them below.