9.04.2014


My beauty routine changes ever so slightly on the weekends, but regardless of what I'm wearing on my lips, cheeks, and eyes, I always gravitate to these key basics seven days a week. These "current" favorites have been my staples for the entirety of Summer, and I don't see them changing anytime soon regardless of Fall being around the corner. These are all tried and true, and I recommend each and every one.

I linked to the products I could find online


    1) M.A.C. Fix + : I dampen my beauty blender sponge with this spray and then use it to blend my foundation into my skin. I find that it creates a seamless, perfectly blended canvas. The fact that it smells divine is an added bonus. I don't set my foundation with it, as I still swear by the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, but I love Fix + as an all around refresher.

   2) NYX eyeshadow in Champagne (you can find this at Ulta): This beautiful golden brown is what I wear on my lids Monday through Thursday as an all-over color. On the weekends when I have more time to play with other shadows, I still like to layer it on the center of the lids for a pretty yet subtle pop of shine. I just find that it really brings out the golden flecks in my eyes, and the consistency is very creamy. 

  3) M.A.C. Extra Dimension eyeshadow in Sweet Heat: I feel guilty for mentioning this product because it was limited edition but I know they come out with these every few months now in new collections. I actually don't use this on my eyes - I use it as a cheekbone highlight! It's the perfect amount of sheen that makes my skin glow and it helps my face look more tan. It's just a gorgeous highlight and if you ever spot it in a CCO, grab it. 

  4) Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar: I often used pencils to lightly fill in sparse areas but then my friend told me that powders tend to look a bit more natural. I'm all about natural, so I picked this one up and it's been my go-to ever since. My brows look much more even and fuller than they used to, and while I would love to grow out even more, this powder conceals any bald spots. 

  5) Benefit Eye Bright: I love putting this on my brow bones as a natural highlight, but I also dot some in the inner corners of my eyes to brighten them up and make me look more awake! I have Veronika to thank for her recommendation. It's a great product. 

  6) Origins GinZing: This brightening eye cream (notice a trend) helps to depuff my under eyes and although I still miss my Khiels avocado eye cream, I have really grown to love this. I wear it underneath my concealer and I've noticed a difference in how the concealer applies and the overall look and finish. 






Now here are some recent buys that I have yet to try (I literally just received my NARS order last night). I'll keep you posted on my thoughts, but I can already say that I'm dying to dig in to these gorgeous shadows and liquid illuminator. I hope to wear them for my 30th birthday party and definitely had that event in mind when I bought them. 



If you have any questions, let me know! 

20 comments:

  1. Try your new NARS goodies ASAP! That shadow looks amazing!

    Sequins&Stilettos


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    1. I will, definitely this weekend :)

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  2. I like M.A.C. eyeshadow and would like to hear more about that Maybelline nude palette:)

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    1. I do too! I don't think I've ever purchased Maybelline shadows. I will let you girls know!

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  3. Someone likes neutrals ;) (me too!) Let us know how that NARS palette is - it's so pretty!

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. Yes I do! I just can't be bothered with wild colors anymore! I used to love trying new looks, but now I feel like I know what works for me ;) Oh, and the eyeshadow palette is by Maybelline, the nude one they just came out with. I will let you know how I like it!

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  4. I'm looking for a new eye cream...i've heard such wonderful things about the Kiehls but wonder if it will work for my 'mature' eyes...I could use a good depuffer too...haven't found one I like yet!

    Hugs, Lisa

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    1. You should try this one! Although it isn't meant for any fine lines. I've heard Korres and Philosophy make good eye creams too. Or I bet Origins has one for more mature eyes ;) I mainly need moisture for my under-eye area, so this one is great. I hope you find one that you like! A lot of it is trial and error I think.

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  5. I really want to try the Benefit Eye Bright! Sounds like a really good product!

    http://justanothershopaholic.blogspot.com

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    1. You should! I like it better than using eyeshadow because it looks natural. No sheen or shimmer, just brightness :)

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  6. Ooh - I own 1,2 and 5 from your list :-) I think I need to get the Urban Decay setting spray...I hope I spot a travel-sized mini at my Sephora to test out.

    I really want to test out the Origins eye cream - but I find it so hard to stray from my Kiehls one LOL...maybe I can use this in the morning and my Kiehls at night.

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    1. I knew you'd have some in common ;) I miss my creamy avocado eye treatment! I think both are great though. That would be great for night, although I used it day and night when I had it. I'm going to order a pot again soon. But yes, the origins is great for day because it helps to brighten and de puff tired eyes.

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  7. Ok then! Now I need to try the MAC fix+ spray!!! Thanks for the rec!
    Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

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    1. You're welcome carylee! Let me know if you do!

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  8. I see some of my favorites here! Love the MAC fix spray and benefit eye bright pencil, it totally makes your eyes pop! I'm definitely going to try that champagne eye shadow, looks beautiful.

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    1. That's great Brooke, it's interesting to read that so many of us use and love the same products!
      The NYX shadow is great! I own a few and the quality is really nice. Plus, they don't damage your wallet ;)

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  9. I always love reading about what products you are using, and I'm loving all of these pretty, earthy shades of bronze/brown/taupe. I am also intrigued by the MAC Fix spray and might have to test that out at the counter!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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    1. If you use a sponge to apply foundation, the spray is perfect! I've been using it for years.

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  10. I admit to being pretty cheap when it comes to beauty products, but MAC is by far my favorite splurge. Love the colors.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. There's nothing wrong with saving on makeup! I definitely don't splurge as much or as often as I used to. I still love sephora though! And Mac is so accessible, that I think many women are drawn to the brand. There's nothing like a little Mac haul :)

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